Girls varsity basketball blows out Lowell 57-18

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Girls varsity basketball blows out Lowell 57-18

Senior Claire Baguley’s career-high 32 points fueled FHC’s monstrous win over rival Lowell last night 57-18.

“It feels good to know I contributed to such a big win because Lowell’s a good team,” Claire said. “I was hitting my shots in warm-ups, and we’ve had a week where we’ve really gone back to the fundamentals, so I think that really helped me get my composure; I was ready to come out tonight and play.”

Claire also led the team in steals with 7, in addition to 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Her main contribution was her ability to drive and score through traffic, as 22 of her points came in the paint and 7 off of free throws.

“Claire is always amazing,” said freshman Remmie Ingraham, who was the second-leading scorer on the night with 11 points, racked up 4 steals, and led the team in rebounds with 7. “You can just tell she’s a high IQ player who can finish at the rack, and it always just helps us; she’s a big leader on our team.”

The Rangers had the momentum from the tip, as junior Ally Ringler, who had a team-high 3 assists, kicked it out to freshman Theryn Hallock for 3 on the opening possession. FHC would go on to lead 14-2 after the first eight minutes of play. Lowell found itself in foul trouble early, as the Red Arrows earned 7 team fouls in the opening quarter, 6 of them coming as shooting fouls to send Claire to the line.

Lowell would go on to make a single free throw in the second quarter, as it could rarely penetrate the Rangers’ combination of man and 2-3 zone defense. When Lowell found themselves with an open shot, the ball rarely found the bottom of the net in the opening half.

Claire was largely responsible for halting any momentum for Lowell, as she hit a dagger from behind the arc halfway through the second quarter to extend the lead to 21-3 and force a Lowell timeout. Immediately after the huddle, she then came up with a steal and 2 more points to slam the door on an already struggling Red Arrow offense.

FHC and Lowell both worked in some bench players as the first half winded down, and the Rangers led 30-3 at the break.

“For the first time we went out and had fun,” head coach Kristina Prins said, “and [the players] didn’t put a lot of pressure on themselves. Usually in practice we really focus on the other team, and we’ve finally just been focusing on our team.”

Lowell showed some life out of the locker room, as senior guard Regan Coxon, the Red Arrows’ leading scorer on the night, hit two three-pointers for her only 6 points of the game. Claire continued to drive into the paint and find a way to score on contested shots. The Red Arrows outscored FHC 15-14 in the third, bringing the Rangers’ lead to 44-18.

Lowell would remain scoreless in the fourth quarter, while Claire reached her career-high 32 points with 5:30 remaining in the game. Both teams cleared their benches, and the Rangers walked away with a blowout rivalry win 57-18.

“It was awesome [to have everyone play],” said Claire, the sole captain on the team. “Everyone comes into practice every day and busts their butt, and it’s nice to see that they are able to get some playing time because they work just as hard as anyone else on the team; it’s good to see them get rewarded for that.”

The Rangers move to 9-4 (4-2) on the season and will host Ottawa Hills on Friday for the Winterfest game and Senior Night. With two wins in a row, FHC is on its way to winning out in hopes of contending for the OK White title, but the Rangers still carry a heavy workload for the remainder of the regular season.

“This was a good team win, and everyone played their part,” Prins said. “We have a lot of games coming up, so hopefully this can build some confidence.”

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